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Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club
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East Longman
Inverness
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Inverness Caledonian Thistle F.C. is a very new club, formed only in 1994. Its roots, however, go much further back. The club was formed from the merger of two very old clubs from the Inverness area. Caledonian F.C. was founded in 1885 and Inverness Thistle F.C. in 1893. The two clubs were Highland League rivals for many years, until the opportunity for a place in the Scottish Football League caused an unlikely and to some extent unpopular marriage between the two clubs. When the league offered two expansion places in 1994, the two teams felt it unlikely they would both get in and, indeed, may hamper each others chances by both applying. Instead the two clubs merged and the application as one stronger club was accepted. The team went from strength to strength in the Scottish Football League, improving its finishing position each year until in 1996-97 it won the Third Division championship; this was followed by a runners-up spot in the Second Division two years later, earning promotion to the Scottish League Division One. 2003-04 was probably the team's best year to date, with a Scottish Cup Final appearance and winning the First Division title. This meant a place in the Scottish Premier League for the first time in the club's short history.


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